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In This Issue:
CIM Instructor News
Minnesota Irish Music Weekend
Spring Student Recitals
CIM summer camps & classes
Youth Fundraiser concert



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Thursday, May 2 -
Sunday, May 5 

Head over to St. Paul's RiverCentre for Festival of Nations, featuring performances, exhibits, and demonstrations by local cultural groups, including Irish cultural groups in the Twin Cities.


Saturday, May 4

Sign up now to perform at The Great Northern Irish Pipers' Club's Celtic Open Mic Night!  Doors open at 7pm, music begins at 7:30pm at The Celtic Junction.




Sunday, May 5

Invite your family and friends to CIM's Spring Recitals!  Our youngest students will perform at 1pm, followed by our older youth at 2:30pm.  Our adult recital will begin at 4:30pm.  Each of the recitals is followed by a potluck celebration, so please bring something to share!


A concert of traditional Cape Breton Scottish fiddling and piping featuring Andrea Beaton, joined by piper Dick Hensold and guitarist Dirk Freymuth will begin at 7:30pm at The Celtic Junction.


Friday, May 10 -

Monday, May 13

Lend a hand to the IMDA by purchasing your spring plants at any Linder's Garden Center or Flower Mart over this weekend.  You must present the coupon found here for IMDA to receive the credit.  


Wednesday, May 15

Today is the deadline to submit your financial aid application for summer term and/or the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend.  You can find out more information and download the application here.


Spend an evening learning about Fearsome Critters from CIM instructor Shawn McBurnie.  From 5:30-6:30pm he'll lead "Spotting Fearsome Critters in the Wild," a workshop for kids and from 7-8:30pm will lead a songwriting workshop for adults.  


Friday, May 17

A seminal event for the Twin Cities, do not miss The Master's Choice CD Launch featuring Martin McHugh! Marty has sustained and fostered Irish music in the Twin Cities since the 1960s.  Join Marty and friends Laura MacKenzie and Daithi Sproule for an unforgettable concert followed by a ceili. 


Martin McHugh


Friday, May 24

Head over to The Celtic Junction at 7:30pm for a fun-filled preview concert for the upcoming CD 'Fearsome Critters' by Shawn McBurnie and the Slight Exaggerations.  This is singable and family-friendly music, but by no means aimed solely at the younger set! Special appearance by performance artist Heather Zehr. 


Friday, May 31

Don't miss our CIM Advanced Youth Ensemble Fundraiser Concert at 7pm at The Celtic Junction.  More info in column, at left.




This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all of the possible events within the Irish community in the Twin Cities.  For more listings, please visit the IMDA's Event Calendar, which is a great schedule of local events.  Visit the CIM Calendar for CIM Outreach Performances and the most up-to-date information on CIM classes, events, and recitals.


CIM Instructor News!
Mattie with fiddle Congratulations to Mattie Ernst who just received a grant from the Irish Music and Dance Association (IMDA) of the Twin Cities to study the design and construction of Irish dance solo dresses. She will be researching the history of dance costumes as well as examining real dresses. This will culminate in the creation of a sewing pattern that she or others can use to create these beautiful garments.

Fearsome CrittersCIM song instructor Shawn McBurnie has been working on a new CD project entitled Fearsome Critters! He will be giving a series of workshops and a CD preview concert at The Celtic Junction this month. Event times and dates are listed above and you can find out more here.
The  Center For Irish Music is on Facebook!

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As of May 2, we have 2,074 Fans!  WOW!  Become a fan of the Center for Irish Music on Facebook to share ideas, keep up-to-date on current CIM events, and share your love of Irish music with the larger Irish community! Please tell your friends.
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Volunteering at CIM

One of the best things about the Center for Irish Music is our community of involved students, parents, staff, instructors, and community members.  We could not present the events that we do each year here at CIM without you!  There are many opportunities to volunteer each year.  If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know by filling out our Volunteer Form or contacting our volunteer coordinator, Becky Bollinger at volunteer@centerforirishmusic.org.

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Volunteers at Eigse CIM, a Gaela      
  Event, February 2011.

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CIM has a LinkedIn group and we encourage CIM members to contact each other via this social networking site.


As always, we welcome your feedback and comments.  Please feel free to contact us at any time at:
The Center for Irish Music
@The Celtic Junction
836 Prior Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
May 2013
Dear CIM supporters and students,

Welcome to May!  As we usher in spring we welcome back our executive director, Norah Rendell, from maternity leave on May 6th.  She has had a glorious two months off from full time work with new son Henry and husband Brian Miller, but we are happy to have her back! 

Please take a moment to check out all of our upcoming events at CIM.  We are excited to yet again be offering our community the chance to work with renowned traditional Irish musicians at our Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 13-16.  And our Spring Student Recitals are coming up this Sunday, May 5th.  At the end of May we are hosting a fundraiser concert for our advanced youth ensemble and registration is open now for our summer classes and camps - sign up early, space is limited.  As always, we are happy to share other events in the community with you through our upcoming events column, at left.  

We are delighted that a large group of students from CIM (including our advanced youth ensemble) will be travelling to St. Louis this month to compete at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (scroll down on linked page for more information).  These student musicians have been rehearsing diligently for their competitions and are so thankful for your donation to the youth travel fund that contributed greatly to allowing so many of our students to attend.  


As always, we thank you for your generous support of the Center for Irish Music.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

-Emily Flagstad, 
Asst. Director
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June 13-16, 2013


Oisín McAuley         Eileen O'Brien
fiddle                             fiddle

Geraldine Cotter       Eamonn Cotter
                  piano, tin whistle                    flute

Meaití Jó Shéamuis 
Ó Fáthartha
song, uilleann pipes

The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with learners of all ages and abilities for a weekend of workshops, lectures, dancing, sessions, and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert.

For information and registration, visit our website.

MIM offers a half-day beginner program for children ages 7-11, 
a 3-day intermediate to advanced program for teens, and a variety of workshops for adults on fiddle, flute, whistle, piano, uilleann pipes, sean-nós song, and more.

Irish music aficionados who may not sing or play an instrument will enjoy the lectures on special topics and interviews of visiting artists hosted by Dáithí Sproule. 

The Saturday night Master Concert is a signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend. The concert not only showcases each visiting musician's artistry and repertoire, but offers both classic and unique musical pairings. This year's concert will feature the synchronicity of the Cotters' duet, the legacy of the O'Briens' repertoire, the distinctive vocal styling of Meaití Jó, and the genre-bending virtuosity of McAuley.

Tickets can be purchased for individual events (workshops/lectures/concert), or the entire weekend. Reduced hotel rates are also available. 
**FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE**  Click here for more information and an application.  Deadline to apply is May 15. 
For complete information and registration, click here.
You can also check out the MIM Facebook Event Invitation
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Spring Student Recitals
This Sunday, May 5th
Please invite family and friends to join us this Sunday, May 5th, for an afternoon of music from our amazing student musicians.  The recitals are a staff favorite - we love seeing and hearing what you and/or your child(ren) have been working so hard on all year! Please speak to your or your child(ren)'s instructor about which tunes or songs you would like to share with the community. We guarantee many photographic moments!

Please note that due to a concert that evening in studio 1, the first two recitals will be in the larger studio, but the adult recital will be held in the smaller studio 2.

As always, we will have a potluck celebration following each of the recitals. Please bring something to share!

Details: Sunday, May 5th at The Celtic Junction

1:00-2:00pm Recital for our youngest students in Studio 1 (large studio)

2:30-4:00pm Recital for our older youth students in Studio 1 (large studio)

4:30-6:00pm Recital for our adult students in Studio 2

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on May 5th. And no, this does not mark the end of our spring term. Regular spring classes continue through May 26, and make up week is May 27th-June 2.
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This summer, we have planned many fun, creative, physically active, and educational music camps to cater to new and experienced students alike. With a central location at The Celtic Junction, near the beautiful Newell Park, many CIM camps include a daily jaunt outside to relax in the fresh summer air.

Our summer camp listings for children and teens are up and available now.  Register your child(ren) for these educational and musically-enriching camps. 


Our regular summer class and private lesson offerings are also available now.  We look forward to receiving your registration!  


Please contact Erika Nelson with questions regarding summer classes and camps.

Save the date for a
fundraiser concert for our Advanced Youth Ensemble!
Ensemble at Landmark 2013
Advanced Youth Ensemble performing on the main stage at the IMDA's St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Landmark Center, 2013
Photo courtesy of Tricia Gallahue 
Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 7pm
at The Celtic Junction
Join us for an evening to support the award-winning Center for Irish Music Advanced Youth Ensemble.  The ensemble has many opportunities to travel to perform and share their love of Irish music, however the costs add up quickly. All proceeds go towards the Youth Travel Fund.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $25 per family. Contact  Erika Nelson for ticket information.
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